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Through the Lens of Faith

IMG_1241Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t have to stay down? Life can kick us down, it can beat us up, but God will give us the grace to keep moving upward.

It can seem like we’re down for the count in our day-to-day lives and even in our spiritual lives. Perhaps this week you can reflect on a time when you were down and something happened to raise your spirits just enough to get you moving in a different direction.

How did that move occur? Was it through a kind gesture? Was it through the right story at the right time? What made a difference?

Will you be that difference for someone this week?

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It amazes me the influence of color in our lives. A bright bouquet of flowers may just help you get through a dark day.

Whether there are clouds on the horizon or a storm making its way across your path, keeping a glimpse of a bright flower or something that keeps you lifted up can get you through.

What bright image do you keep in mind in the midst of struggle? Can you name it as a color of some sort?

Maybe your bright light is a scripture passage that keeps you grounded. Or maybe it is a favorite photo of your loved ones. Be intentional this week in acknowledging your bright picture. Share it in the comments.

IMG_1137Do you have a particular prayer or picture you focus on when you’re praying? Or maybe you have a statue of a favorite saint that you look at. I think it is helpful to have focal points.

Sometimes focal points can change. They can start to feel static and don’t provide the same sort of focus as before. It is okay, then, to find another focal point. Since this is a photo blog, you can see I tend to either take photos or look at photos as focal points.

What is your focal point right now? Share it in the comments to give ideas to others what might work.

One of my favorite sayings that I’ve heard and seen is “I love yIMG_1300ou to the moon and back.” It defines love between people and to me it also talks about how God loves us — not even the galaxy can separate us from God’s love.

God’s love is so powerful that it transcends all barriers that we create in our own lives. There is nothing that can stop that love from reaching us. We just have to open our hearts and minds to that knowledge.

We cannot hide from God’s love. We cannot hide behind closed doors and not be touched by the love of God. Do not hide or be afraid. God loves you to the moon and back!